Cheapstaprint: Instaprint for Everyone
We wanted to collect the Instagram feeds of our Seattle and London offices in one place. But then we thought printing them out would be so much cooler. We think we were right. So we made Cheapstaprint.
Why Cheapstaprint? Because this prototype cost us under $100 to build, and other methods for automatically printing Instagram photos were really expensive (albeit awesome, props to Instaprint by Breakfast). Cheapstaprint’s not a product you buy. It’s a piece of code that works with any printer on your network. The code listens to Instagram for new photos tagged at locations or with hashtags defined by you. It then pulls those photos and adds customized logos to the bottom. These new images are then shuffled off to whatever printer you specify and print out with the Instagram user and the date at the top. Beautiful. In our case, we’re using the Seattle and London Creature logos and have them printing out of a painted cigar box from a Polaroid Pogo so we can have stickers in the office.
We think everyone should be printing their instagrams. So you can download the code here from Github for free. This code …
- Can customize any #tags or @locations
- Can be used with any printer
- Can print to stickers or regular paper
- Can easily customize the bottom logo for different tags or locations
- Can easily output to web for event display
We’ll be making updates over time, but we want you to play with it. Make your own Cheapstaprinter. Find new uses for it. Put a printer in a dollhouse and have it print out all pictures tagged “dolls”. Project the pictures taken in a building onto the side of the building as they’re posted. Spit out stickers of beards from a mannequin of Babe-raham Lincoln. Go nuts. Our next version of Cheapstrapint will come with code for a Raspberry Pi and easy instructions on building your own. That way, you can build our version, stand-alone, for under $100. What will you do with it?
If you have any questions, drop us a line at email@example.com.